One of the oldest international airports in Europe is Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, also known as Copenhagen Airport, which is the main international airport that serves Copenhagen, Denmark, the entire Zealand, the Øresund Region, and a large part of southern Sweden. It is the largest airport in the Nordic countries. It is located on the island of Amager, 8km (5.0 mi) south of Copenhagen city centre. It serves as the main hub out of three used by Scandinavian Airlines and an operating base for Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Norwegian Air Shuttle. In 2013, the airport handled 24.1 million passengers – making it the busiest airport in the Nordic countries. It currently operates 60 scheduled airlines and serves more than 62,000 passengers per day.
Most of the major tourist attractions in Copenhagen are within walking distance. In fact, you can do and see so much in the city in just 24 hours. Explore museums, dine in fine restaurants, relax in cosy cafes, hang out at tourist spots, and so much more! Exploring the city on foot is an experience in itself. Start your day early with a delicious breakfast at Torvehallerne, a culinary hot spot and supermarket that offers a wide range of delicacies and high-quality fresh produce. From Torvehallerne, you can walk directly to Strøget, one of the largest pedestrian malls in the world that features high-end fashion boutiques and stunning design stores. But more than that, don’t forget to walk along its small fascinating side streets, especially the surrounding narrow streets in the cold city, colloquially referred to as Pisserenden and The Latin Quarter, which are less crowded and offer a great, eclectic mix of shopping choices. If you want to relax after walking around, you can go sit and people-see at King's New Square, a central old square and home to prominent institutions; or see the beautiful old houses and restaurants in Nyhavn (a commercial port) and listen to jazz music, sit by the canal, or enjoy great food. To learn more about the history and art of Denmark, the perfect place would be a museum, of course. Visit famous museums in Copenhagen such as The National Gallery of Denmark, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and The National Museum. Know more about Copenhagen’s worldwide fame for gastronomy by trying out one of its New Nordic restaurants such as Höst, Relæ or The Standard. Copenhagen is especially great during the summer, and if you happen to be visiting during this season, you should definitely enjoy the sun in King’s Garden with other tourists and locals, stroll along and see Rosenborg Castle.
How to get around in Copenhagen
Walking remains to be the easiest and best way to navigate around Copenhagen, especially if you are planning to go to its famous spots. But then again, the city also has a highly reliable and organized public transport system. The entire public transport in Copenhagen (as well as the rest of Denmark) operates on a zone system. You can purchase tickets from ticket offices, vending machines and bus drivers. You can use the ticket on all trains, Metro, and buses for the time allowance (the smallest ticket is the two-zone ticket which lasts for one hour). The S-train service, however, is the backbone of Copenhagen’s public transit system. The red trains run from early morning to late night. Another form of public transit would be the Copenhagen Metro, which runs from Vanløse through the city centre and branches to either the new-town of Ørestad or to the airport. Meanwhile, the city has a fairly extensive and efficient bus network, with different types of buses available which depend on the line and stops. If you like to sightsee on a bus, you can get on the 11A line, which runs a circle around the inner city stopping at many of the main attractions. The best way to explore Copenhagen on boat is by going on a canal tour of the inner harbour and canals. Getting around by bike is the fastest and most flexible of seeing the city. In fact, a lot of locals use their bike every day, with the city being designed to cater for cyclists with separate bicycle lanes on larger roads. You can also easily take a taxi in Copenhagen, although they are rather expensive.
How to get there
If you are getting in by plane, you’ll most probably disembark at Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport. From there, you can take the mainline train to the Central Station in the city centre. Another alternative is by Copenhagen Metro, which connects the airport with central Copenhagen. If you are getting in by train, you should know that capital is linked with the rest of the country, so rest assured there are frequent trains scheduled every day bound to the city not just from other parts of Denmark, but also from Sweden, and continental Europe. There are buses that run frequently between Copenhagen and Jutland, as well as Scandinavia, Poland, and other parts of Europe. Best of all, they are more economical compared to trains. Cruise ships generally dock at the port of Copenhagen at the Langelinie Pier or at Frihavnen (Freeport), both located in the Østerbro district north of the Little Mermaid statue, about three miles north of the city centre.
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